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Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque

Jan Kempenaers UGent and Dirk De Meyer UGent (2012)
abstract
At first glance Jan Kempenaers’ photographs may not reflect the traditional ideas we have about an everyday picturesqueness. To better understand the relationship between his compositions and the aesthetic category of the picturesque, we need to look more closely at some of the original eighteenth-century aspects of the picturesque. When we leave aside this popular genre’s legacy – which has been significant though not highly prized, for at one point the picturesque even became synonymous with conventionally beautiful scenery – we will be able to discover its astounding modernity and topicality. The picturesque conceived as such, I will argue, fits perfectly with our contemporary way of looking at and appreciating natural and urban environments, and is also firmly entrenched in contemporary practices of representation. Viewed from this perspective, Kempenaers’ photographs can be understood as an exploration of the continuing relevance of the picturesque in the contemporary visualization of our environment.
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author
organization
year
type
book
publication status
published
subject
keyword
urban photography, landscape photography, architectural history, ruin, architecture, picturesque, contemporary art
pages
80 pages
publisher
Roma Publications
place of publication
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN
9789077459744
project
doctoraat UGent/HoGent/KASK, Onderzoeksfonds HoGent
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
2002297
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2002297
date created
2012-01-24 18:19:52
date last changed
2012-04-10 11:32:15
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  abstract     = {At first glance Jan Kempenaers{\textquoteright} photographs may not reflect the traditional ideas we have about an everyday picturesqueness. To better understand the relationship between his compositions and the aesthetic category of the picturesque, we need to look more closely at some of the original eighteenth-century aspects of the picturesque. When we leave aside this popular genre{\textquoteright}s legacy -- which has been significant though not highly prized, for at one point the picturesque even became synonymous with conventionally beautiful scenery -- we will be able to discover its astounding modernity and topicality. The picturesque conceived as such, I will argue, fits perfectly with our contemporary way of looking at and appreciating natural and urban environments, and is also firmly entrenched in contemporary practices of representation. Viewed from this perspective, Kempenaers{\textquoteright} photographs can be understood as an exploration of the continuing relevance of the picturesque in the contemporary visualization of our environment.},
  author       = {Kempenaers, Jan and De Meyer, Dirk},
  isbn         = {9789077459744},
  keyword      = {urban photography,landscape photography,architectural history,ruin,architecture,picturesque,contemporary art},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {80},
  publisher    = {Roma Publications},
  title        = {Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Kempenaers, Jan, and Dirk De Meyer. 2012. Jan Kempenaers: The Picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications.
APA
Kempenaers, J., & De Meyer, D. (2012). Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications.
Vancouver
1.
Kempenaers J, De Meyer D. Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications; 2012.
MLA
Kempenaers, Jan, and Dirk De Meyer. Jan Kempenaers: The Picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications, 2012. Print.